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1 Environmental Federation of Oklahoma The City of Oklahoma City Utilities Department October 2, 2008

2 “Water Transfer” Is Not a Pejorative Term! Providing exceptional utility service...... for over 100 years!

3 “Bring your own bucket” Santa Fe Street and the Railroad Depot 1889: 1 well 1900: 19 wells Capacity: 1 million gallons/day On the river, 1 mile south of business district

4 1910: Overholser Treatment Plant 1920: City Reservoir (Lake Overholser)

5 1926: Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant 1947: Lake Hefner Dam & Treatment Plant 1960 s : Atoka Lake & Pipeline Draper Lake Draper Water Treatment Plant

6 To today – 5,100 miles of water and sewer main From 1889 – 1 well

7 Imagine life without Water? There would be too little water for fire protection...... no clean tap water...... and no wastewater disposal.

8 We provide quality-of-life and public health services, in the most cost-effective/efficient manner.

9 We provide the ability for a community to not only exist, but to grow and grow and grow!

10 Why Grow? Reason - Quality of Life  “The best measure of a society’s economic well-being is its per capital personal income (PCPI)” – Office of State Finance  Urban communities experience a higher PCPI than smaller communities even after taking into account cost of living differences

11 Why Water Transfer? Reason - Drought & Future Demands  Oklahoma Experience - at least 6 notable serious extended droughts since statehood (USGS)  Earlier Droughts - marked by the inability of the state and its communities to overcome the effects of drought resulting in substantial adverse effects on landowners and mass exodus of people from the state  Later Droughts - more tolerated, state benefitted greatly from newer major water supply impoundment and delivery systems DateArea 1929-41Statewide 1951-57Statewide 1961-72Statewide 1975-82Statewide 1984-86Southwestern

12 How Should We Determine Who Transfers?

13 State Law – “as such water then becomes public water and is subject to appropriation for the benefit and welfare of the people of the state”

14 Demonstrated Beneficial Use Need – Oklahoma City Consolidated Statistical Area is 35% of Oklahoma Population and growing 1.5 to 2 Percent annually 1958 – OKC Consolidated Statistical Area 27% of State Population 2008 – 35% of State Population 1,277,500 Population

15 Financially Feasible – OCWUT just rated AAA by Standard &Poor’s

16 Technologically Feasible – OKC has demonstrated the capability since early 1960’s

17 Arcadia Lake Thunderbird Stanley Draper Shawnee Twin Lakes Oklahoma City Norman Edmond Moore Del City Midwest City Mustang COWRA Shawnee Chickasha Seminole Kiamichi River Sardis S1 S2 Moyers Crossing Highway 3 S3 Hugo S4 Atoka C1 McGee Creek C2 C3 Buffer Tank Draper WTP New Regional WTP New Local WTP Existing WTP Existing Treated Pipeline Proposed Treated Pipeline Proposed Raw Water Pipeline Proposed Treated Pipeline (Regional) Existing Atoka Raw Water Pipeline Existing Open Channel Conveyance Existing Pump Station Proposed Pump Station Proposed Atoka Raw Water Pipeline Existing Reservoir Possible Next Phase Overall Project Schematic OKC Works Cooperatively

18 And Will Continue – Into the Future Lake Sardis

19 Keeps Up With the Times - Technology Increasing use of technology, coupled with appropriate resources is enhancing our ability to improve customer service, efficiency, safety, regulatory monitoring and compliance, and operational performance.

20 Makes Capital Investments – Adjusts Service Charges, Approves & Implements New Capital Plans Showing a commitment to make the tough financial decisions to fund capital investments needed to prevent system deterioration, meet new service demands and satisfy customer expectations

21 Shows Courage – Rising to New Challenges Ensuring reliable, safe & qualified workforce for delivering customer service Regulatory compliance & technical competency training programs Workforce succession plans Disaster Recovery Planning

22 Taking Care of Our Customers – Highly Rated 83% satisfied or very satisfied with water services – 2008 survey New or expanded wholesale contracts yearly

23 Award Winning Water Quality  AWWA National Taste Test - “Best of the Best” in North America in 2007 by the American Water Works Association  AWWA Regional SW Section regularly win taste test

24 Providing… And we’ll continue to do so for generations to come.... a refreshing, clean place to live, work and play

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